August 22, 2006

HOW'D THEY LET THAT HAPPEN?:

Need a veteran lefty? Red Sox's Wells clears waivers (ESPN.com news services, 8/22/06)

After suffering a five-game sweep at the hands of the Yankees, the Red Sox might have to begin looking toward 2007. If Boston does cut bait on this season, David Wells will be available to the highest bidder.

Wells cleared waivers on Aug. 3, ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney reports. That means if the Red Sox wanted to trade him they could do so to any team they want.


Given how well he's pitched, his post-season excellence, and the scarcity of available pitching you'd think they can get a decent young player for him, maybe from the Mets, Angels or Dodgers.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 22, 2006 1:54 PM
Comments

Let's not forget that Steinbrenner loves him.

Posted by: Foos at August 22, 2006 2:05 PM

Smart move by the Sawx. I'd think the Mets would be buyers. Maybe they could rid themselves of Lastings, recently voted, I think at BA, the most overrated prospect in the game in the process and pick up another decent player from the Sox in the bargain.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at August 22, 2006 7:12 PM

Wells is the only dependable (barely) starter after Schilling. Dealing him would be a clear sign the Sox management is throwing in the towel on 2006.

Yesterday there was a thread on the Yanks-Sox and where the Sox went wrong. #1 has to be Beckett who was supposed to be a 1A and has turned out to be a barely 4/5. If Beckett performed the way the Sox expected they would be 10 games higher. #2 is Veritek - OJ doesn't like him but handling the pitchers and catching defense have definitely deteriorated with Veritek out.

Posted by: AWW at August 22, 2006 11:15 PM

Wells is the only dependable (barely) starter after Schilling. Dealing him would be a clear sign the Sox management is throwing in the towel on 2006.

Yesterday there was a thread on the Yanks-Sox and where the Sox went wrong. #1 has to be Beckett who was supposed to be a 1A and has turned out to be a barely 4/5. If Beckett performed the way the Sox expected they would be 10 games higher. #2 is Veritek - OJ doesn't like him but handling the pitchers and catching defense have definitely deteriorated with Veritek out.

Posted by: AWW at August 22, 2006 11:16 PM

They aren't good enough to win, so why not help themselves? If they need Wells the season is over anyway.

Posted by: oj at August 22, 2006 11:35 PM

They probably won't do it at least until after the West Coast swing -- the Yankees have never been great shakes in Seattle, and playing Anaheim has been a nightmare in recent years. A decent showing by the Sox on their nine game swing coupled with a 2-4 or 1-5 mark by the Yanks between now and Sunday would convince the Boston brain trust to hang in a little longer (on the other hand, if the records are reversed on the coast, Wells is gone before Sept. 1, so he can earn a post-season roster spot for some other team).

Posted by: John at August 22, 2006 11:46 PM
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